Your Best Birth: Know All Your Options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take Back the Birth Experience

Your Best Birth: Know All Your Options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take Back the Birth Experience

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by Ricki Lake, Abby Epstein
     
 

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With their groundbreaking film The Business of Being Born, Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein changed the way we view childbirth in the U.S. Now their empowering book will change how you view your own child's upcoming birth.

The national C-section rate is at an all-time high of 31 percent. Are all these procedures necessary, or are some of them done for the sake of

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With their groundbreaking film The Business of Being Born, Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein changed the way we view childbirth in the U.S. Now their empowering book will change how you view your own child's upcoming birth.

The national C-section rate is at an all-time high of 31 percent. Are all these procedures necessary, or are some of them done for the sake of convenience? Inductions seem to be the norm, but are they always needed? You are about to learn that you have a choice and the power to plan the kind of birth that's right for you—whether it is at a birth center, a hospital, or at home. Packed with crucial advice from childbirth professionals and delivered in a down-to-earth, engaging voice, Your Best Birth will inspire you to take back control of your birth experience. Discover essential advice on:

Positive and negative effects of epidurals, Pitocin, and other drugs and interventions

Inducing vs. allowing your labor to progress naturally

The truth behind our country's staggering C-section rate

Assembling your birth team and creating your birth plan.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The beginning of the love affair with your child starts here. This book makes planning your birth fun and easy. A must read for every expectant parent."
— Louann Brizendine, M.D. Author, THE FEMALE BRAIN
Publishers Weekly

Former talk show host Lake, producer of the documentary The Business of Being Born, joins with Epstein, the film's director, to further probe the subject of birth in America. Asserting that the "high tech, low touch" trend in medicalized births has usurped parents' sense of power and choice, the authors present a detailed examination of the birthing experience, beginning with their own personal accounts. Employing the premise that although one can't predict what will happen during birth, one can prepare, they present options that women should consider, including home birth and the use of a midwife or doula. Lake and Epstein point out that while 99% percent of births in the U.S. take place in hospitals and one-third are cesareans, the vast majority of births are not high risk and may not require medical intervention. But the fear of pain combined with unnecessary hospital protocols cause many couples to narrow or relinquish their options. The authors discuss the pros and cons of such interventions as episiotomies, epidurals and electronic monitors, and encourage women to carefully question their practitioners and hospital personnel. Above all, the authors advocate a safe and empowered birth, whether one chooses a hospital, home or birth center. (May)

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Library Journal

TV talk-show host Lake and Epstein, executive producer and director, respectively, of the 2007 documentary The Business of Being Born, present an accessible starting point for learning about the approaches that constitute a natural birth. They list the different options that exist outside of a hospital labor ward and include many checklists about what to ask and look for when visiting each place. Sections cover doulas, midwives (and their different designations), birthing centers, home birth, inductions, and cesarean sections and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Giving clear explanations of jargon and drawing on the advice of experts, the authors hope their book will empower prospective parents to take control and make informed choices. One gets the sense that the authors believe that hospitals regard patients' wishes as somewhat lower priority than policy and lawsuit avoidance; therefore, for balance, make sure this is not the only title on the subject in a collection.
—Elizabeth J. Eastwood

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446538145
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
04/05/2010
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
430,626
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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